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Betting news on tonight’s football, the BDO world championship and today’s racing

by Sean Goff | January 2, 2013

Football

Chelsea are in action tonight as Rafa Benitez’s side look to reclaim third place in the Premier League tonight against lowly QPR. Harry Redknapp hasn’t managed to work the miracle just yet and time is running out if they are to haul themselves out of the drop zone before the sat-nav gets set for Huddersfield and Burnley next season.

The Blues have nine points from nine in their last three games with 11 goals scored and just two conceded and believe they can be major players in the title race now that things have settled down since Roberto Di Matteo got the heave-ho.

Liverpool had little trouble dismissing the R’s 3-0 last Sunday and face Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland side who beat the champions Manchester City 1-0 on Boxing Day before Spurs did them 2-1 at the weekend. The Black Cats are going the right way in the table again and while Liverpool’s home form is decent, 3-1 losses at home to Aston Villa and away to Stoke doesn’t leave any room for complacency.

The live game on Sky Sports 1 at 8pm sees Everton and Newcastle renew rivalry after drawing 2-2 earlier in the season at Goodison Park.  Newcastle are struggling at the moment losing four of their last five (three away) concededing 16 goals in the process. If they can tighten up at the back they can give the Toffees –  who lost their unbeaten home record to Chelsea last Sunday – plenty to think about going forward.

Darts

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor launched a thrilling fight back from 4-2 down to beat ‘Mighty’ Michael Van Gerwen 7-4 in the PDC World Championship Final at the Alexandra Palace. It was The Power’s 16th world title and at the age of 52 the man from Stoke continues to break records and dominate the sport.

Fans of the arrows don’t have to wait long for their next dose of tungsten tossing with the BDO  World Championship starting on Saturday at the Lakeside.

Defending champion Christian Kist is 13/2 to lift the title with world number four Scott Waites the 10/3 favourite. Three-time world champion and crowd favourite Martin Adams is 7/1 with the ‘Silverback’ Tony O’Shea at an appealing 16/1.

Racing

Paddy had the racing world buzzing yesterday with his Money Back Special All losers on the 1.05 at Musselburgh and the 3.15 at Exeter on New Year’s Day.

He’s going to have to come up with a good excuse to explain that one away to the bosses but giddy on his own invincibility he’s decided to extend the offer to this Saturday and every Saturday in January.

So for the month of January Paddy is going to play fast and loose with his career prospects each and every Saturday with a Money-Back Special on all losers in two races.

Today’s racing comes from Ayr, Kempton, Lingfield and Wolverhampton.

The most popular nap in the Racing Post today is Tap Night who runs in the 1.20pm at Ayr.

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